ensam striped cardigan
every spring, i get the urge to go through my knitting basket of unfinished projects. this striped sweater had been staring at me for a year and a half, and i purposely kept pushing it back to the bottom of the basket. i had finished a huge portion of the body, added the shawl collar, and only had a sleeve and a half to finish, and i got tired of it. i can't totally explain it, but i'm sure all you knitters have projects like that. once i realized i needed my size 8, 12" circular needles held up on one of the sleeves, i couldn't justify neglecting this sweater any longer. from there, it took me only about a week to finish - it would have taken less time, but i rapidly decreased one arm and realized only too late that it was turning into a sweater for popeye!
i read up on the striping method from the treeline striped cardigan by purl soho, but used my own measurements and modified top-down sweater pattern to get just the right fit. i had to work a little blocking magic for the length of the body since i ended up casting off just a couple inches short of the right length, but now i'm completely happy with the fit. finishing a sweater is always so rewarding!